Western Australia Announces State Migration ListThe Western Australian Government have announced their State Migration Plan (SMP) this week with jobs to support the booming mining sector high on the list of jobs in demand.

More immigration is needed by Australia’s mining industry due to a lack of skilled workers in Australia. It is very important for the industry to have more skilled immigration, since these migrants will support the planned $140 billion in mining-related projects located mostly in the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The list comprises of some 124 occupations, two of which, Accounting and Cook, have already closed.

Applicants who have a skill listed on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List (WASMOL) may be eligible to apply for Western Australian State Sponsorship.

These occupations do not relate to any specific job vacancies, nor represent any guarantee of a job in these occupations, but rather identify skills that are in demand for industry sectors in Western Australia.

State Sponsorship applicants will have to compete with all potential employees in the Western Australian labour market in a normal competitive selection process to secure any available or advertised job.

Occupations included on the list:

  • Construction Project Managers
  • Engineers
  • Transport professionals such as pilots and ship’s engineers
  • Chemists
  • Radiographers, Optometrists, Pharmacists and allied health professionals
  • Registered Nurses
  • ICT Business Analysts
  • Engineering draftspersons & technicians
  • A wide range of trades such as plumbers, carpenters, bricklayers, plasterers, tilers
  • Mechanics, metal machinists, welders & fitters
  • Electricians and telecommunications trades
  • Chefs
  • English Language Requirements

    Professional and management occupations require a minimum of 7 in each of the 4 components of IELTS, whereas technician and trade occupations require a minimum of 6 in each component.

    Work experience requirement

    Work experience required will depend on which subclass is being applied for:

  • Skilled – Sponsored (Offshore – Subclass 176): 7 Years
  • Skilled – Sponsored (Onshore – Subclass 886): 18 months
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Offshore – Subclass 475): 5 Years
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (Onshore – Subclass 487): 3 years
  • International students wishing to apply for an 886 visa will need to hold a skilled – graduate visa to qualify for WA nomination under the State Migration Plan. Such students will need to show 18 months of full time continuous employment in their occupation in Western Australia.

    Special Requirements for Food Trades
    Food trades remain on the WA list, but will be assessed by an industry panel for employability in WA.

    Off List Nominations

    Nominations in occupations not on the Western Australian Skilled Migration Occupation List are possible. However, they will be difficult to come by, and require at least a job offer (offshore applicants) or in the case of an onshore applicant, 12 months of work experience in the occupation in WA. 7 minimum in IELTS would be required, along with a significant amount of work experience in the occupation. International students will not be considered for this option.


    The English and work experience requirements for the WA SMP are quite high. This will make life difficult for international students looking at a WA nomination. However, the wide range of occupations and the possibility of off-list nomination will make WA an attractive option for people who have the required work experience and English language ability.

    For a copy of the full Western Australia Skilled Migration List list, hop on over to the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development website found by here: http://www.dtwd.wa.gov.au/ (link opens in a new window)